Kickstarter has been absolutely massive for some companies, with products like Oculus Rift and OUYA being born from the crowdfunding website. Now Kickstarter will make the jump to Australia and New Zealand starting November 13.
The crowdfunding site has requested that interested parties begin their projects now in preparation for the launch, with Kickstarter holding a "school" in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney. Those who are interested should sign up now, as it should be capped out in no time. You can check out the Kickstarter site for more details.
Huawei is set to build a new R&D center in the UK, where the Chinese telco giant will spend around $200 million on it as part of its $2 billion investment plans. At the moment, Huawei employ around 80 R&D staff in its office in Ipswitch, with this number ballooning out to 300 once the new R&D offices are opened in 2017.
This is big news as it pushes Huawei to be bigger and bigger, with the Chinese company now the biggest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, where it employs over 150,000 people across the world. Over the next couple of years Huawei will employ an additional 5,500 people throughout Europe as it focuses on making inroads into Europe after the US accused it of having strong ties with Chinese military and the government.
One of the most anticipated games of this year, Watch Dogs, has been delayed until spring of 2014. Ubisoft announced in the last 24 hours that its open-world title will not be launching this year, citing that it wanted more development time.
Ubisoft said "Our ambition from the start with Watch Dogs has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming. It is with this in mind that we've made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014. We know a lot of you are probably wondering: Why now? We struggled with whether we would delay the game. But from the beginning, we have adopted the attitude that we will not compromise on quality. As we got closer to release, as all the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place in our last push before completion, it became clear to us that we needed to take the extra time to polish and fine tune each detail so we can deliver a truly memorable and exceptional experience."
It's disappointing that Watch Dogs has been delayed, but let's hope that the increased development time gives us an even better game. It might give Ubisoft more time with the next-gen titles to squeeze some more performance and increased graphics, which will filter over to the PC so we all benefit.
Apple is preparing to hold what many expect to be its final launch event for 2013 in just a few days. Today the Cupertino based company began sending out invitations to press and partners for a launch event being held on October 25th in San Francisco.
The invitations read "We still have a lot to cover," leading us to believe that we will see the rest of Apple's refreshed products launched including the iPad 5, new MacBook Pro's and even the all new Mac Pro. OS X Mavricks should finally be released as well, with some insiders speculating that a new Apple TV, and a smartwatch may be unveiled as well.
Today Corsair released yet another well designed chassis to its Graphite Series of PC cases. The Graphite Series 230T is a mid-tower chassis that combines dramatic, angular styling, while retaining the builder-friendly features that Corsair chassis are famous for. Corsair says that the new case is designed for multi-GPU setups, and light watercooling builds.
The all new Graphite Series 230T has expansive storage configurations as well as air and watercooling setups. The case features room for four 2.5-inch drives alongside four 3.5-inch drives. Three 5.25-inch bays are present as is dual LED lit 120mm front fans, and a rear 120mm fan. Up top is room for two additional 120mm or 140mm fans or a single dual radiator. The bottom of the case also features room for dual fans.
"Our Graphite Series cases are designed to be visually exciting, with a design aesthetic that reflects their superior performance and quality," said Xavier Lauwaert, Director of Product Marketing at Corsair. "The Graphite Series 230T exemplifies this, making it a great platform for gaming PCs, graphics design workstations, or any application where high performance and high style both matter." The 230T will retail for $79.99 and is available now.
Rovio's Angry Birds franchise is arguably one of the most popular video game series of all time, and a newly released video is showing that Angry Birds is not slowing down anytime soon. Today Rovio released a new teaser video for the upcoming Angry Birds Go installment into the series.
This time, the birds are not being launched through space, or into buildings made of stone and glass. In this new installment, bird and pig alike don their racing gear and hit the track for a fun-filled, and very Mario Kart racing experience. The video shows that the game is based around downhill go-kart racing in which you can use power ups to knock your opponents out of the race. Rovio says that we should see the all new Angry Birds Go launch later this year on December 11th.
Today Cooler Master announced the all new HAF Stacker series of PC chassis, and to kick things off the company released three new PC cases that are connectable and configurable. The HAF 915F and 915R are both mini-ITX cases that support extra long GPUs and even water cooling. The HAF 935 is a full-tower chassis that is stackable with the 915 cases and supports the latest extreme performance hardware.
The HAF Stacker series is anchored by the HAF 925 which is your typical full-tower HAF case from Cooler Master. The chassis features all the standard features we have come to expect from the HAF line, but what makes this case unique is its ability to be stacked on top of, and/or have other cases stacked on top of it. This is accomplished by Cooler Masters new patent pending rail system that is said to be inspired by the accessory rail found on many military rifles.
This is something I have waited years for and I feel that a modular system like this is something everyone else has been hoping for as well. TweakTown's own Chad Sebring published his review of the HAF Stacker 915F this morning and Cooler Master has just launched a pretty cool micro-site based around the HAF Stacker line.
Just a few months ago, Yahoo announced that it had completely redesigned Flickr in an attempt to make the service more modern and user friendly. Yahoo has once again updated its image hosting and sharing service and has focused on making individual photos as large as possible.
Alongside the large photos, Flickr has moved all of the extra info, additional images, and relevant information off to the left hand sidebar. This really cleans things up and makes navigation easier than ever. Additionally, the new layout really speeds things up, which is something many Flickr users had complained about since the redesign was launched.
"With the new photo experience the image is about 25% bigger than on the previous photo page," Flickr said in a blog post. "You'll see more pixels, get a cleaner view without any elements on the top or the bottom of the screen, so that photos can really be the center point."
Many cellular customers around the country are currently on voice and data plans that are no longer offered by their carriers. This type of plan is known as a "grandfathered" plan, meaning that the contract was signed before changes were made, and perpetuated by both the customer and the carrier for years since the plan was stopped being offered.
Often times, these plans are costly to a cellular company's business model, and it appears that T-Mobile is looking to dump them as fast as possible. Today T-Mobile has confirmed that it will be laying to rest all plans that are considered to be "grandfathered in." A spokesperson for the company told Engadget that customers affected by the closure of legacy plans will be offered new plans with similar or even better features at the nearly the same pricing point.
T-Mobile's full statement can be read below:
Maintaining thousands of rate plans is the norm in the industry, but we think it creates unnecessary complexity. Simple is better, which is why we're reducing the number of older plans in our systems. We're giving customers on these plans the opportunity to choose a plan that best meets their needs. For the vast majority, their plan will provide similar or better features at a comparable price.
During the GPU14 event in Hawaii a few weeks back, AMD touted its new Mantle API as being the great unifier between consoles and PCs and would allow more pc games to see "console like performance and optimization." This really struck a nerve with many PC gamers as they feel that the consoles should catch up to the faster PC gaming market rather than the PC being dumbed down to console levels.
Many of us in the industry assumed that this meant that Sony and Microsoft would be using the Mantle API to power its consoles which run AMD APU processors. Unfortunately that does not appear to be the case. In a recent blogpost, Microsoft said that its upcoming Xbox One console will not run AMD's Mantle API, but would feature the company's own Direct 3D 11.2 API. Additionally, AMD has also pointed out that Mantle will actually be exclusive to the PC.